Game Awards 2021 Winners List In Full—And Every Major Announcement

As expected, The Game Awards 2021 ceremony was filled to the brim with major announcements, surprise reveals and unexpected wins.

While the full broadcast is definitely worth checking out for those with enough stamina, it did begin streaming quite late on a weeknight and went on for a long time. In fact, if you count the pre-show (which you should, since it featured a number of the awards and world premieres), then the whole thing lasted over 4 hours. For context, that's on par with the longest-ever Oscars show from back in 2002.

As such, you might not be willing to subject yourself to a full recording of The Game Awards, especially when you can condense that experience into just a few minutes by looking through the highlights.

On that note, Newsweek has got you covered here with a summary all of the major developments (including the new trailers and award winners) from the livestream.

Game Awards 2021 Winners

It Takes Two Keyart
"It Takes Two" took home the prize for Game of the Year, as well as a few other trophies. Electronic Arts

While you might have heard that The Game Awards winners are chosen by the public, this is only partially true. Fan votes account for just a small portion of the overall weighting, and 90 per cent of the decision actually comes down to what a select jury thinks.

This is why the titles that pick up "Game of the Year" trophies don't always seem to line up with the mainstream opinion. If your predictions for the 2021 event were based solely on social media buzz, then you would probably come away with the impression that either Resident Evil Village or Metroid Dread would have a clean sweep of all the categories.

Yet, much to everyone's surprise, It Takes Two ended up being crowned as the ultimate "Game of the Year." If it was just up to the popular vote, then this quirky little platformer would have been unlikely to get much representation. Nevertheless, with an 89 score on Metacritic and rave reviews, it is a worthy winner.

Elsewhere, the tremendous Forza Horizon 5 picked up the accolade for best sports title, Guardians of the Galaxy was recognized for its excellent narrative, Kena: Bridge of Spirits emerged victorious in the indie category, and Final Fantasy XIV Online beat out the likes of Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone to be named best ongoing game.

Here is the full list of winners (in bold) from The Game Awards 2021:

Game of the Year

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two - Winner
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Game Direction

  • Deathloop - Winner
  • It Takes Two
  • Returnal
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Ongoing

  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online - Winner
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Indie

  • 12 Minutes
  • Death's Door
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits - Winner
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero

Best Debut Indie

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits - Winner
  • Sable
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Forgotten City
  • Valheim

Best Narrative

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Winner
  • Psychonauts 2

Best Art Direction

  • Deathloop - Winner
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Artful Escape

Best Score and Music

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, Composers)
  • Deathloop (Tom Salta, Composer)
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe, Composer) - Winner
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, Composer)
  • The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron & Josh Abrahams, Composers)

Best Audio Design

  • Deathloop
  • Forza Horizon 5 - Winner
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Returned

Best Performance

  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, Far Cry 6
  • Jason E. Kelley as Colt Vahn, Deathloop
  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village - Winner
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake, Deathloop

Games for Impact

  • Before Your Eyes
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Chicory
  • Life is Strange: True Colors - Winner
  • No Longer Home

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online - Winner
  • Fortnite
  • No Man's Sky

Best Mobile Game

  • Fantasian
  • Genshin Impact - Winner
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • MARVEL Future Revolution
  • Pokemon Unite

Best VR/AR

  • Hitman 3
  • I Expect You To Die 2
  • Lone Echo II
  • Resident Evil 4- Winner
  • Sniper Elite VR

Best Action

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Chivalry II
  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6
  • Returnal - Winner

Best Action/Adventure

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Metroid Dread - Winner
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Role Playing

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Tales of Arise - Winner

Best Fighting

  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles
  • Guilty Gear -Strive- Winner
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Best Family

  • It Takes Two - Winner
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • New Pokémon Snap
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!

Best Sports/Racing

  • F1 2021
  • FIFA 22
  • Forza Horizon 5 - Winner
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Riders Republic

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Age of Empires IV - Winner
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Humankind
  • Inscryption
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best Multiplayer

  • Back 4 Blood
  • It Takes Two - Winner
  • Knockout City
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • New World
  • Valheim

Most Anticipated

  • Elden Ring - Winner
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Starfield

Innovation in Accessibility, Presented by Chevrolet

  • Far Cry 6
  • Forza Horizon 5 - Winner
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dream - Winner
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • TheGrefg

Best Esports Game

  • Call of Duty
  • CS:GO
  • DOTA2
  • League of Legends - Winner
  • Valorant

Best Esports Athlete

  • Chris "Simp" Lehr
  • Heo "ShowMaker" Su
  • Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev - Winner
  • Tyson "TenZ" Ngo

Best Esports Team

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • DWG KIA
  • Natus Vincere - Winner
  • Sentinels
  • Team Spirit

Best Esports Coach

  • Airat "Silent" Gaziev
  • Andrey "ENGH" Sholokhov
  • Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi
  • James "Crowder" Crowder
  • Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun - Winner

Best Esports Event

  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship - Winner
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • The International 2021
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

7 Major Announcements Made at The 2021 Game Awards

If you have never watched The Game Awards before, you might be surprised to learn that the actual handing out of awards only accounts for about 50 percent of the evening. The rest is dedicated to exclusive reveals, world premiere trailers, interviews with developments and release date announcements. Think of it a bit like the gaming equivalent of the Superbowl halftime show.

Here are some of the highlights from the 2021 Game Awards:

'Cuphead: Delicious Last Course' DLC Finally Gets a Release Date

Cuphead Delicious Last Course DLC
"Cuphead: Delicious Last Course" will be released on June 30, 2022. Studio MDHR

Released all the way back in 2017, Cuphead was an indie hit right out of the gate. Audiences were enraptured by its charming visuals (which evoked the rubber hose style of animation popularized by the likes of Walt Disney and Fleischer Studios in the 1930s), its retro music, and its hard as nails gameplay.

The Delicious Last Course (a cute acronym for DLC) expansion was announced at E3 2019 but was subjected to numerous delays. It was postponed so many times that fans began doubting if it would ever actually come out, but these fears were put to rest at The Game Awards 2021.

Accompanied by a fun performance of the DLC's golden age jazz theme, a firm release date was confirmed at long last. The Delicious Last Course will be landing on June 30, 2022, almost five years after the original Cuphead.

'Among Us VR' Announced

Among Us VR Impostor
With "Among Us VR", Impostor attacks will feel up close and personal. InnerSloth LLC

Betraying your friends will be more immersive than ever before, now that you can sneak up on them for the kill in first-person.

Popular social deduction game Among Us (which was the top trending game of 2021 in the U.S.) will be coming to VR at some point in the near future. A brief teaser for the experience demonstrates how it will look from the perspective of a crew-mate who is busy working on a task, right before an imposter gives them an in-your-face jump scare.

There is no confirmed release date for Among Us VR just yet, but we do know that it will be compatible with PlayStation VR, Meta Quest 2 and Steam.

Telltale Games Are Staging a Comeback With 'The Expanse'

Carmina Drummer in The Expanse
Image shwows Carmina Drummer in "The Expanse: A Telltale Series". Telltale Games

Telltale Games closed down in 2018, shortly after laying off most of its staff, and left behind a lot of unfinished projects. Fans of the studio's episodic Batman and Game of Thrones releases just had to accept the fact that these were never going to be finished.

However, the company was then resurrected in 2019 and announced that it was working on a sequel to one of its most popular titles, The Wolf Among Us.

Thanks to an announcement at The Game Awards 2021, we now known that they will also be developing an adaptation of Amazon Prime's The Expanse. This interactive story will see Cara Gee reprising her role from the show (as Camina Drummer) and will have you making difficult decisions that affect the course of a branching narrative.

There is currently no firm released date for either The Expanse: A Telltale Series or The Wolf Among Us 2.

Monolith Reveals 'Wonder Woman' Adaptation

Wonder Woman Game Screenshot
Monolith Productions announced that they are working on a new "Wonder Woman" game. Monolith Productions

Monolith Productions have been relatively quiet since they released Middle-Earth: Shadow of War in 2017.

For those wondering what the team have been doing in the intervening years, they finally made an announcement at The Game Awards 2021. It turns out, they're working on a single-player Wonder Woman game (that's set within its own continuity and not the DCEU).

While the teaser does not give much away, we do know that this title will feature an improved version of the patented "Nemesis System" that made those Middle-Earth games so addictive. In case you are not familiar with this mechanic, it basically allowed you to develop personal rivalries with random enemies, who would remember your previous altercations, sustain wounds, and gloat about historic victories.

There is now word yet on when Wonder Woman will be released.

Original 'Silent Hill' Creator Announces Spiritual Successor

Slitterhead Screenshot
"Slitterhead" is a new horror game from the creator of "Silent Hill". Bokeh Game Studio

Despite what crackpot internet theories would have you believe, we are not going to be getting another Silent Hill any time soon.

Konami won't greenlight a new installment and yet is too fiercely protective of the IP to let anybody else take it off their hands. As such, horror fans will just have to make do with spiritual successors and game's that manage to channel the spirit of Silent Hill, like this year's The Medium.

The closest you are likely to get to a bonafide sequel now is Slitterhead, the new project from Silent Hill's original creator, Keiichiro Toyama. Teaming up with composer Akira Yamaoka (another Team Silent alumni), he will be helming this bizarre-looking title that appears to a lot gorier and more action-oriented that its forebear. Judging by the trailer, it should still scratch that body-horror itch though.

'The Matrix Awakens' Is an Unreal 5 Proof of Concept Demo

The Matrix Awakens Demo
The "Matrix Awakens" tech demo is available to download right now. PlayStation Blog

In a collaboration with Warner Bros. Studios, Epic Games has released a proof-of-concept taster for their Unreal Engine 5.

This hyper-realistic looking tech demo, themed around The Matrix, is available to download for free right now on Xbox Series X and PS5. It provides a glimpse of where the future of gaming could be heading, with cutting-edge character model, clothing simulations, destruction physics and ray tracing effects.

Meanwhile, if you are just a big fan of the Matrix films, then it also gives you an opportunity to explore that world, fight against some agents, and see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their iconic roles. Either way, you definitely don't want to miss out on this.

'Alan Wake 2' Revealed

Alan Wake 2 Trailer
Image shows a screenshot from the "Alan Wake 2" announcement trailer. Remedy Entertainment

Remedy Entertainment have been dropping not-so-subtle hints about the existence of Alan Wake 2 lately.

Those who played the next-gen remaster of the original game will have noticed cryptic QR code Easter eggs that seemed to imply Alan's journey was far from over and director Sam Lake heavily implied that there was more to come in his commentary track.

This period of coy teasing has now come to an end, as the sequel was officially announced at The Game Awards 2021.

There's not much more we can say at the time of writing, other than that Alan Wake 2 does in fact exist. Judging by the trailer, it seems to have a more overtly horrific tone and will presumably pick up right where the last game left off (Alan trying desperately to escape from the surreal realm of the Sunken Place).

According to Sam Lake, Alan Wake 2 will not be released to 2023 at the earliest.